**UPDATE: Specialized Driving Privileges have replaced Hardship Licenses in the state of Indiana. Read this blog post for information about SDP. If you have any other questions, please call our office at (317) 632-3642.**

Unlike most crimes, you do not have to be convicted of DUI / OVWI to be punished.  When it comes to your driver’s license, merely being arrested for DUI / OVWI is enough for the State of Indiana to begin punishing you.

In most situations the arrested person is pulled over and they agree to take the certified chemical test.  If that person’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is .08 or above then the court typically suspends that person’s driver’s license for a period up to 180 days or until the court notifies the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) that the case is resolved.   Remember, that this driver’s license suspension goes into effect simply because the person was arrested – a conviction is not necessary.

Having your license suspended because you are accused of drunk driving is a serious, possibly life altering punishment.  Most people must be able to drive in order to maintain employment and not be a burden on their family.  Thankfully, a hardship license is available in Indiana.

A hardship license is available to individuals who have no prior DUIs / OVWIs and who did not refuse the certified chemical test.  While a hardship license is available if you meet specific requirements, there are numerous hoops to jump through, including filing a civil case, insurance issues to be addressed and alcohol evaluation of the arrested person.  It is important to speak to an experienced attorney immediately if a hardship license is something you cannot do without.

Attorney Marc Lopez serves individuals accused of drunk driving in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.  He is a former Prosecutor with the Marion County Prosecutor’s office and was assigned to the OVWI Unit.  Call Attorney Marc Lopez today at (317) 489-9611 or contact him through e-mail.